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Visit Bardstown: See Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama, Stephen Foster Story, and more this summer

The Stephen Foster Drama Association is celebrating 60 years of staging and sharing the story of America’s first great composer, Stephen Collins Foster. Set in the mid-19th century, “The Stephen Foster Story” follows the prolific songwriter as he paves the road for future musicians through love, heartache and struggles. Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama, it is one of the oldest...

Celebrate Secretariat, speakeasies and Stephen Foster’s 60th this spring in Bardstown

World-famous horse, Secretariat, vestiges of the Prohibition era and the 60th anniversary of Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Drama are on tap beginning mid-spring in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, when the new “The Race Is On!” comes to My Old Kentucky Home, new Prohibition exhibit opens at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and “The Stephen Foster Story”...

Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park closed after inspection; other amenities open

The amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park is closed because of electrical and structural issues. An inspection conducted this week by the Kentucky Department of Parks determined that the stage area is not safe for employees or park guests. The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was constructed in 1958 and has hosted The Stephen Foster Story annually since that time. “As soon as we reviewed this...

From feuding clans to whodunnits, Kentucky has it all summer long in outdoor dramas

Blood Song, an original play about the feud between the Hatfield and McCoy clans of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia will return for its second season in Pike County. (Photo by Kathy Castle Gullett/Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council)   It may not be Hollywood, but Kentucky has a long history of summer outdoor theatrical productions. In fact, some of the shows have been running for more than...

Bardstown and Maysville two latest towns to join list of six Kentucky Cultural Districts

The cities of Bardstown and Maysville have joined the list of official Kentucky Cultural Districts, bringing the total number of state-certified communities to six.   My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown (Photo from visitbardstown.com) “Kentucky Cultural Districts are proven cultural destinations for visitors and provide a high quality of life for residents,” Beshear said. “Arts and culture...